Pride.

I give the title “Pride” to this post for three reasons.

The first is a French runner. He won the European steeplechase last night. I think this may be his third time to be crowned Euro steeplechase champ (I could be wrong). But he won last night with ease. So much ease that he decided to striptease as he ran the final straight. The pride was written all over his face. Before the evening was out he was stripped of the gold medal. Disqualified, for breaking the rules. I bet he regrets the premature celebrations, poor chap. As John Lennon used to say, in his Liverpool accent “Alright alright, keep your shirt on.”

The second reason is Mexico. The Mexican people are leading the way when it comes to world peace. As of July, 12,000 guns have been handed in to the ‘Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe’ in Mexico city since there was a programme introduced in which a weapon can be exchanged for food, or cash, or a laptop, or a domestic appliance. And get this…children who hand in toy guns also receive a reward, in the form of another toy like a football or something non-violence related. Go Mexico, be proud!!! I wonder would this be worth a try with kids all around the world? Maybe it’s not too late to help the next generation.

Heap of guns in different bright colors

And finally the third reason is my eldest daughter (17) received the results of the leaving cert exams this week. For those overseas, the leaving certificate exams are the final exams of second level education. She did very well.

Close up of a graduation cap and a certificate with a ribbon

I don’t know much about science (there’s a song in that) but she has whittled it down to two universities. There are some things I can offer advice on. Science isn’t one of them. Although chemistry… I do know not to mix my drinks.

I will miss her…moods and all. But I am proud of her.

Thank you for reading

Frankie.

 

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Saying thanks, starting write now.

Saying thanks, starting write now.

The best cure for the blues is to excercise. Exercise  = Exorcise

Another cure is recieving the Liebster badge!

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Thanks to this lady  http://startingwritenow.com/ I don’t have the blues today nor probably for the rest of the week. I enjoy the easy way she tells her tales. It seems effortless to read her posts and before I realise I’m reading at all…I’m at the end; A sure sign of a talented writer.

There are conditions to this badge. Before I wear it, I have to

(a) Thank the blogger who gives it.

(b) Answer the eleven questions she asks.

(c) Nominate eleven bloggers with less than 500 followers.

(d) Ask these eleven bloggers eleven questions.

(e) Let these bloggers know that I have nominated them.

 

Here are the questions I was asked, plus my answers.

1. Do I prefer real books or internet or audio books?

I prefer real books. Audio books are also a great alternative to a physical storyteller.

2. If money was no object what would I do all day?

I would tour all the historic and prehistoric sites around Ireland. Over and over and over!

3. Where do I most want to travel?

Heaven.

4. Up to now, what has been my biggest success?

Breaking every rule in the book and still believing that I will be forgiven.

5. University or Life experience, which prepares a person best?

Neither! Good parenting is key. Read to them stories from Aesop’s fables and/or Children’s Bible.

6. What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for me?

Forgiving me.

7. I have a Ten minute speech to give at a high school. What will it be about?

Explaining that anybody who preaches peace with a stockpile of weapons and souls at their disposal is as close to evil as it gets.  Let him/her do his own shooting.

8. Favourite Ice cream flavour?

Vanilla.

9. Night person or Morning person?

Both.

10. What book have I attempted to read several times but couldn’t finish?

None! I think I have finished every book.

11. What book title best describes my life?

A traveler’s guide to Sacred Ireland. by Cary Meehan

Every page is a whole new experience.

 

My nominees are:

http://humblebees.net/

http://thesalmonyatra.wordpress.com/

http://fieldofthorns.wordpress.com/

http://leighswordsmithery.wordpress.com/

http://goinroguedotnet.com/

http://isaiah41v10.wordpress.com/

http://angelamccauley.wordpress.com/

http://doctorloser.com/

http://fifty5words.wordpress.com/

http://victoriajodean.com/

http://yournibblednews.wordpress.com/

 

My questions for them are :

1. Tea or coffee?

2. Best piece of advice you have ever been given?

3. Which do you prefer Mountain or Beach?

4. Biggest lie you ever bought?

5. Your dream job?

6. Any phobia?

7. Favourite holiday memory, if any?

8. Can you swim?

9. Apart from swimming, what should we all try to learn?

10. Do you have a pet?

11. Can you recommend an Author?

 

ps…are you nosey like my wife?

Thank you for reading

Frankie.

A little song about swimming.

 

 

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All aboard!

All aboard!

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Have you ever stood beside a railway track and marveled at the work that went into building it? I am sure you have.

The thing about railway tracks is that they aren’t in your face like most structures. They stay grounded. They don’t demand attention.

The pattern of the sleepers stays the same from A to Z.

I wonder if I were to remove a sleeper, using a chain saw or whatever, would it be catastrophic?

It might well prove to be, if for instance that particular  sleeper was at a critical joining point between two rail sections. The shockwave would reverberate to the next sleeper, and the next, and so on until eventually all sleepers would be shaken, and less than sound.

There is a common piece of advice offered to young, newly married couples around the world. I have heard this piece of advice numerous times, at weddings, in movies, in books etc.

“Never go to sleep without first sorting out any disagreements between yourselves. ”

That advice is pretty good for any person, single or married.

I remember one time I was a bit upset with somebody. I let them know how I felt. I went to sleep and when I awoke the person was dead.

It took a long long time to sleep properly after that. My final words to the person haunted me for a long time. I have served my sentence.

I’m hunky dory now! As you can tell.

So my advice on sleeping is simple. Make peace before you close your eyes. A clear mind is better than any sleeping drug.

A railway track looks pretty boring when it’s  finished. But I like to imagine the thing being built. People, even with their differences of opinion, working together making their way forward to the final destination. And a good night’s sleep at the end of each day.

Toot-toot!

Thank you for reading,

Frankie.

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